The 2011 New Melones Lake Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Fishing Fun Faire, held on June 11, was a great success! Over 120 disabled and disadvantaged children from Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador Counties attended.
In response to the “Let’s Move Outside” and the “America Great Outdoors” campaigns, health and safety was forefront. Through the outreach of venders such as the Columbia College Fire Department EMT, Tuolumne Ambulance, CAL FIRE Altaville/New Melones Fire Department, Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriff, and the Resource Connection, children were taught “safety first” plus healthy eating and living habits.
Each child had an opportunity to go fishing out on a boat, and for many, this was the first time for both fishing and boating. Eighteen boat owner/operators volunteered their time and resources to provide this experience to the children. Well over 100 fish were caught, and many children even reached the catch limit! The volunteer boat captains actually found themselves thrilled by the experience.
Over 85 volunteers gave their own time to make the event successful. The core planning group met a total of seven times prior to the event, and many showed up the evening before to set up and camp out. The Messengers Motorcycle club prepared a BBQ lunch; Mountain Oasis donated bottled water; and instead of donuts, refreshments were apples and bananas this year!
The C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation received over $4,000.00 in donations from local individuals and interest groups for the event at New Melones. Interestingly, high school senior, Kyle Spence of Angels Camp, held a fishing tournament for his senior high school project. All of his proceeds were donated to the New Melones C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Fun Faire--a total of $760.
The New Melones Lake 2011 C.A.S.T. event succeeded in educating children on the enjoyment of getting outside, recreating with families, stewardship of the land and water, safety, eating right and healthy living habits.
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September 10, 2008